Atared at rocks, not mountains or bears (about: 2003)|
R. C. from Lafayette, California (8/24/03)
For an inaugural race, the good folks from Choteau, Montana are to be applauded for putting on a good show. The course was on the tough side, less for the elevation gains (4,100 to 4,900 feet) and more for the poor running surface - good-sized rocks embedded in an undulating dirt road. While I was hoping to see wildlife (the marketers said there was a good chance of seeing grizzlies, elk, mountain lion), I spent most of my time staring at my feet, trying to avoid twisting an ankle. The ascent from mile 8 to 12 was tough, as was the 17 to 19 mile stretch. The weather cooperated nicely - overcast skies (versus the smokey haze the day before from Montana forest fires). The aid stations were ample and nicely equipped. Given that the winning time was over 3 hours, one might say this was a fairly tough marathon. Unless they do something to improve the running surface, I wouldn't run this one again - the bottoms of my feet deserve better!